A Flight Away

These films include footage taken in destinations at least a flight away (or very long drive) from Palm Springs, California, and don’t fit the holiday/wedding/special events category. The captions in [brackets], whenever possible, include labels from the original item in “quotation marks.” We add estimated dates and other details. For best viewing experience, choose the 720p or higher setting on the player.

#129. [“Hawaii, Boat Ride, Garden, Streets”, 1971.] Super 8mm. Color. Silent. Description forthcoming.
#63. [“Atlantic City,” 1930s.] 8mm. B/W. Silent. Description forthcoming.
#315. [Black Kids Playing in Swimming Pool and Ping Pong, Adults Pose and Chat, 1970s.] Super 8mm. Color. Silent. Description forthcoming.
#312. [Black Family Goofing for the Camera, 1970s.] 8mm. Color. Silent. Group of rambunctious Black kids have fun with the camera person and goof around in the yard, adults join them, followed by the group leaving church and playing ball. Probably the Midwest.
#296. [Cuba – Vacationers, 1950s.] 8mm. Color. Silent. Cubans and/or other Latin Americans poolside, hotel, parrots, dancing to a live band.
RS#1. [Student Film/Home Movie of Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, November 15, 1969.] 8mm. Color. Sound. (Now) local resident Roger Schwarz donated this film to our collection. He and a fellow classmate shot this footage on the day, and Melissa edited together the newly digitized 8mm film and reel-to-reel audio in consultation with Schwarz. The original soundtrack is included for educational purposes only.
#345. [Glady’s Wedding and Beach + Kids Party with Pash + Poirot, 1951.] 16mm. Color. Silent. 1951. Rhode Island. Gladys’ Wedding: pre-ceremony pictures at a house, the groom and bride arriving at the church along with guests, leaving the church; Horse Riding: a few scenes with men riding horses, perhaps at a ranch; Family vacation: two kids horsing around and dancing next to a bandstand, kids in the ocean, the family together on a dock; Kids’ Party: a large kid’s party at the park with two costumed characters (Pash + Poirot.) [Digitized and partially described by UCLA grad students in IS289-3 “Special Issues in Information Studies: Motion Picture Film Preservation” course, Fall 2022. See notes about the collaboration on the “Events and News” page.]
#342. [“Boys Club Camping Trip, September 1959″.] 8mm. Color. Silent. Unknown location. Group cooking at campsite; boys playing on boulders; boy eating grapefruit; boy playing with log; climbing trees; eating and drinking at a table; general campsite shots; climbing trees; sharpening sticks with knives; climbing trees; hiking; snack break while hiking. [Digitized and partially described by UCLA grad students in IS289-3 “Special Issues in Information Studies: Motion Picture Film Preservation” course, Fall 2022. See notes about the collaboration on the “Events and News” page.]
#336 [“Alberta- Dancers Mexican-Spanish Indians – Chicken Dance, Calgary 1962.”] 8mm. Color. Silent. Calgary, Canada, parade performers include cowboy and (Mexican or Spanish) dancers, motorcycle going down the street, men in cowboy hats, Indigenous ceremonial dancing, men riding horses in Native American ceremonial head wear. [Digitized and partially described by UCLA grad students in IS289-3 “Special Issues in Information Studies: Motion Picture Film Preservation” course, Fall 2022. See notes about the collaboration on the “Events and News” page.]
#373. [1956 Olympic Games Alternate Rose Caccamise Graduates From High School, Family In the Yard, 1958.] 8mm, Color. Silent. Rose Caccamise walks through doors with her graduating class in their purple robes and mortar boards (Batavia High School), Rose shakes hands with a priest, then with another younger one who tries on her mortar board, Rose posing with diploma on the grass and smiling, a horse and buggy goes by down a busy city street past stores, nuns pass the camera on the city sidewalk and smile, still camera man walks ahead of the graduates walking down the sidewalk past onlookers and a grocery store, Rose is in the group, Rose’s parents, and another man having a beer on a wooden porch in a garden, roughhousing with a boy who joins the men, Rose’s mom Nellie watering a rose bush, the boy roughhousing with a dog, Rose’s grandparents, the boy and others standing around, a little girl in a dotted dress, family fun on the porch and in the yard ensues. Someone busts out an accordion, there’s a nice car. Nellie in a fabulous hat stands by a car and there’s a close-up of her rosary and white gloves, the boy gets into the car, a man comes to the car, they go a waterfall, pose for pics, walk a bit.
DR#10. [“July ’83, Tulsa Family.”] VHS. Color. Sound. In this video, David Root goes back to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to visit with family in July 1983 (with some footage dubbed in from 1980). Video includes images of neighborhoods, backyard pool party and family gathering, his parents discussing their impending 50th wedding anniversary and their previous careers as traveling puppeteers, they go through a picture album, and watch a video of themselves putting on a little show from 1980, show and tell around their house and yard, the entire 1980 puppet show dubbed in, and more hand puppets.

To learn more about David Root, see DR#2 and DR#5 under “Publications & Resources,” and others: DR#12 and DR#15 on our “Holidays, Special Events Parties, & Weird Stuff” page, DR#1, DR#3, DR#6, and DR#8 on “A Longer Drive.” UPDATE March 2023: Deserted Films donated the David Root videotape collection to the GBLT Historical Society in San Francisco. We will update this video with a link to their collection page when available.

Coming Attractions

Below is a list of films we will be digitizing in the coming months.

  • #381. [Michigan Caterpillar Plant, ca. 1970s.] Super 8mm. Color. Silent.
  • #386. [Black Family and Friends, Dance Party in Basement, ca. 1960s.] 8mm. Color. Silent.
  • #387-#388. [“Egg Hunt, Picnic, Parade, Church, Garden, Train, Boats, Six Flags,” 1950s-1960s.] 8mm. Color. Silent. Black family also goes to Disneyland, Tijuana, as well as Six Flags. Christmas Day, church, school dance performances.
  • #242. [“Cairo,” ca. 1950s.] 8mm. Color. Silent.